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A primary kin of Tasajara
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Women continue to face both legal and social discrimination in family laws including some aspects of marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance, and succession. Women experience a range of discriminatory practices, limiting their political, socioeconomic, and cultural rights that relegate women to second-class citizenship. In 1997, a Kenyan constitutional amendment introduced speciﬁc prohibition of discrimination based on gender. However, the amendment did not implement international conventions on women’s rights as human rights (Ngige, Mburugu, & Nyamu, 2004).
An increasing number of young people are opting to live together without formalizing their marriage (Bocquier & Khasakhala, 2009). Cohabitation is also widely practiced among adults working in urban centers who are not living with their spouses (Kenya, 1999). Divorce. Marriage dissolution has been frowned on and discouraged under the statutory law and by traditional communities, especially if children were involved. This provides an example where the two laws are in agreement. , if a woman committed adultery, practiced sorcery or witchcraft or if she threatened her husband’s life).
Women are engaged in household chores as well as taking care of children and aging parents. Some have noted that this division of labor has reduced the self-esteem of women, as many perceive themselves as little more than unpaid servants in the extended family (Ngige, 1995; Ondigi, 2003). Along with their role as homemakers, they are the primary managers and users of a variety of natural resources, especially energy and water. They are responsible for most of Kenya’s food crop production and a variety of other farming activities, yet their contribution to national development is underappreciated.